Indigenous students do not choose agriculture at university

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    The Indigenous peoples of Australia pride themselves on their ‘connection with country’ as it comprises animals, plants and soils. Yet enrolments in agriculture courses at universities nationally show very few are from Indigenous students. This raises the question as to whether university agricultural education is appropriate for this cohort of students or whether there are other issues that are creating barriers to Indigenous entry into academia. This paper looks at the data to understand the status quo and whether there might be steps that can be taken to encourage better representation from Indigenous students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCells to Satellites
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Australian Agronomy Conference
    EditorsJim Pratley
    Place of PublicationWagga Wagga
    PublisherAustralian Society of Agronomy
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event19th Australian Agronomy Conference 2019 - Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, Australia
    Duration: 25 Aug 201929 Aug 2019 (Conference website) (Conference program)


    Conference19th Australian Agronomy Conference 2019
    Abbreviated titleCells to Satellites
    CityWagga Wagga
    OtherThe 19th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held in Wagga Wagga, NSW from 25 – 29 August 2019. In the heart of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga has a range of rural industries across the region. Wagga has everything to offer the agronomy conference being surrounded by a mixed farming zone with irrigation to the west and permanent pasture enterprises to the east.
    The conference theme Cells to satellites highlights the integrative nature of agronomy. Each of us work across a range of disciplines to optimise crop or pasture production for productivity and profitability. We have an increasing number of tools available to increase the precision and accuracy of our work; whether it is at the “cellular” level where DNA is mapped and biochemistry is unravelled or using “satellites” for remote sensing or guidance. The opportunities for enhancing our agronomy research is boundless.
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